Archives for March 2016

Howard County Officer Faces Multiple Criminal Charges after DUI

In the aftermath of a hit-and-run in Prince George’s County, a Howard County law enforcement officer faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to control speed to avoid a collision, and transporting a minor while driving under the influence. Corporal Corey Britton, 37, was allegedly driving on MD 202 near Watkins Park Drive in Upper Marlboro on Tuesday, October 6, when he struck a car from behind. The owner of the car said that he got out of his car temporarily, appeared to be unsteady on his feet, and then left the scene without waiting for police to arrive. The woman took pictures of both vehicles, allowing officials to identify Britton as owner of the other car.

Baltimore County, Maryland, Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has fought for the rights of criminal defendants across Maryland for more than 30 years. He has a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO, and is also respected by his colleagues in the legal profession, who have given him an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. Because of his record and reputation, Smith has been a multiple recipient of the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, based on an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). Smith was also recognized as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

Top-Rated Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer

We fight for the rights of criminal defendants. Contact us by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent criminal defendants in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Howard County Teacher Arrested for Drinking and Driving

Howard County law enforcement officers arrested a local teacher in early January, charging him with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. It’s the second time in four years for the social studies teacher, Christian Callender. Howard County Police say Callender was involved in a single vehicle crash at approximately 7:45 in the morning on January 5, as he was headed to Glenelg High School. Callender was apparently late for classes, which started at 7:20 a.m.

According to police records, Callender was the only party in a crash at the traffic circle at the intersection of Ten Oaks and Brighton Dam roads. Callender, who has taught in the Howard County schools for 15 years, is currently on administrative leave from Glenelg High. Court records indicate he was convicted of drunk driving in 2012 after he was pulled over for speeding.

Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Ellicott City and Columbia, MD

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has fought for the rights of criminal defendants in Maryland for more than 30 years. Because of his record and reputation for effective representation, he has been awarded the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, based on an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). Smith has a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO, and has also built an outstanding reputation with his colleagues in the legal profession, earning an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. Smith was also recognized as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

Baltimore County, Maryland, Criminal Defense Lawyer

At the law office of Jonathan Scott Smith, we have the skill, knowledge, experience and resources to help you protect your constitutional rights. Contact us by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent criminal defendants in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

As Gas Prices Plummet, Accidents Rise

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On a recent cross-country trip, a driver was thrilled to find that he never paid more than $2 a gallon for gas. He said that, as long as prices remained low, he planned to drive more and fly less, even if the drive took all day. And he’s not alone. As gas prices hit their lowest point in nearly six years, more and more Americans are taking to the highways. The unfortunate downside—more drivers leads to more traffic accidents and more traffic fatalities.

Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have long known that there’s a direct correlation between the price of gas and accident statistics. The last time the average price of gas in the United States was below $2—2009—was also the last high point in traffic fatalities nationally. It’s a simple equation—lower gas prices provide a greater incentive to travel by automobile. The more people on the road, the greater the number of collisions.

The research shows that the news is even worse for younger drivers, particularly motorists in their teens. Most adults who drive do so in significant part for work or family needs. But most younger drivers do so for leisure or for something to do. And older drivers tend to have more disposable income. So when gas prices go up or down, most older drivers don’t see a significant change in their driving habits. They drive because they have to, and are better able to afford higher gas prices. Younger drivers, with less discretionary income, simply don’t have the resources to pay for gas at higher prices, so opt for other activities that don’t involve driving.

According to Guangqing Chi, a sociologist at South Dakota State University, a $2 drop in the price of gas could lead to an additional 9,000 deaths in the United States over a one year period. Chi has been studying the impact of gas prices on driving habits since 2008, when he noticed that his personal driving time went down when prices skyrocketed. He conducted one study in Minnesota that showed that a 20 cent decrease in gas prices led to an additional 15 traffic fatalities.

Experienced Personal Injury Representation in Maryland

If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith will aggressively help you seek damages for all your losses. Contact our office online or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Attorney Smith represents school bus accident victims in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Steps You Can Take to Minimize the Risk of Injury on the Roads during the Holiday Season

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Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are routinely among the deadliest of days when it comes to motor vehicle accidents. On average, the number of fatalities nationwide can go up fourfold or five-fold on those days. Here are some ways that you can minimize the risk of serious injury or death on the highways this holiday season.

Don’t Drive

If you’re not on the road, you won’t be at risk to be in an accident. Statistics show that the large percentage of motor vehicle accidents occur during short trips from home. Instead of making a number of ventures to the malls amongst the holiday traffic, shop online. And instead of traveling on Christmas day or New Years Eve, celebrate the holiday with family the weekend before or after the day, when traffic is much lighter.

If the weather conditions are bad, accept that it’s probably not a good idea to battle the elements to get to Aunt Martha’s house. Call Aunt Martha, tell her how much you love her and that, because you love her, you don’t want to put your family at risk by traveling in bad weather.

Don’t Drink and Drive

Experts say four out of ten accidents at the holidays involve drivers who are legally intoxicated. You can’t keep the other guy from drinking and driving, but you can take responsibility for yourself. A serious motor vehicle accident can turn holiday cheer to grief and sadness in an instant.

Just Drive—Stay Off Your Device

The number of accidents involving drivers talking on cell phones or sending/receiving e-mails or text messages continues to escalate. Many experts believe that distracted driving is rapidly becoming more of a hazard than drunk driving. A number of states have enacted laws prohibiting the use of hand-held devices while behind the wheel.

Get Your Eyes Checked

According to one study, more than 10 million motorists on the country’s roadways have uncorrected vision problems.

Experienced Personal Injury Representation in Maryland

If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith will aggressively help you seek damages for all your losses. Contact our office online or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Attorney Smith represents school bus accident victims in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

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